Those are NOT friends if they recommended Huddy’s. There is NOTHING redeeming about Huddy’s it is exclusively for Colts Neck natives to sit and gather. That is IT. If it weren’t one of the only games in a wealthy town they would NEVER survive outside that immediate element.
(same with the Colts Neck Inn)
With regard to lunch in the immediate Matawan Area the Mediterranean Chateau - is not offensive if you like Portuguese food. (it’s also conducive to sitting and chatting) The same goes for the Brass Rail, not offensive they have a decent $5. menu and more burgers and sandwiches. Also conducive for sitting and chatting. I was also a big fan of Kiki’s for thai type food, they have moved and I have not been to their new location.
La Cashina on 34 is “ok” for dated Italian food. (byob and quite)
A little bit west of Matawan in Old Bridge there is Ponte Vechio (probably the best in the area) byob and good for conversations with great food etc.